Wednesday, 1 April 2015

The Two of Us by Andy Jones

About the Book

Title: The two of Us
Author: Andy Jones
Publication: Simon & Schuster UK (12 Feb. 2015)
Summary: Falling in love is the easy part. What matters most is what happens next...
Fisher and Ivy have been an item for a whole nineteen days. And they just know they are meant to be together. The fact that they know little else about each other is a minor detail. Over the course of twelve months, in which their lives will change forever, Fisher and Ivy discover that falling in love is one thing, but staying there is an entirely different story. The Two of Us is a charming, honest and heart-breaking novel about life, love, and the importance of taking neither one for granted.

What I Think

William Fisher can be very annoying. Not only is he constantly trying to have sex with his pregnant girlfriend, but he flirts outrageously with a colleague and you keep hoping that he's not going to be an idiot. On the flip side he's wonderfully endearing too. He is kind and patient with his best friend, El, who is dying of Huntingdon's and El's partner as well as having a close relationship with his family. 

The Two of Us reads a chick lit book for men (bloke lit - is that a thing?). However, it's not a flighty version of chick lit, but it's of the weightier end, like a Jojo Moyes (in fact it's not dissimilar in certain ways to Me Before You). As the book progresses it tackles increasingly heavier themes culminating in a true tragedy at the end which William struggles to deal with. 

This book made me laugh, made me cringe and brought tears to my eyes. It is well-written and pacy with strong characters and heart-warming relationships. 

About the Author

Andy Jones lives in London with his wife and two little girls. During the day he works in an advertising agency; at weekends and horribly early in the mornings, he writes fiction. 

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